PAUL H. RUBIN (2002) Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom, New Brunswick, NJ, and London: Rutgers University Press

PAUL H. RUBIN (2002) Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom, New Brunswick, NJ,... The Review of Austrian Economics, 18:1, 117–119, 2005. 2005 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. Manufactured in The Netherlands. Book Review PAUL H. RUBIN (2002) Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom,New Brunswick, NJ, and London: Rutgers University Press. In his book, Paul Rubin argues that the theory of evolution and the evolutionary history of humans are relevant for understanding contemporary political behavior. He claims that the underlying political taste for freedom, which is best fulfilled in modern western societies, is a biological heritage from the hunter-gatherer bands of human prehistory. Starting by linking biology and politics, Rubin then analyzes group and social behavior, altruism and cooperation, envy, political power, the role of religion in politics, and individual decision-making, before he summarizes the policy implications of political behavior shaped by human prehistory for contemporary political decision-making. Concerning methodology, Rubin uses the framework of evolutionary psychology in order to provide a reading of political behaviors and preferences common to humans today, regarding them as the result of our biological evolution as humans. Rubin substitutes the concept of the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness (EEA), corresponding to the time when humans evolved as species, for the concept of the state of nature, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Review of Austrian Economics Springer Journals

PAUL H. RUBIN (2002) Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom, New Brunswick, NJ, and London: Rutgers University Press

Loading next page...
 
/lp/springer_journal/paul-h-rubin-2002-darwinian-politics-the-evolutionary-origin-of-axOuE0zn6B
Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Springer Science + Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Economics; Public Finance; Political Science; History of Economic Thought/Methodology
ISSN
0889-3047
eISSN
1573-7128
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11138-005-5596-0
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

The Review of Austrian Economics, 18:1, 117–119, 2005. 2005 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. Manufactured in The Netherlands. Book Review PAUL H. RUBIN (2002) Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom,New Brunswick, NJ, and London: Rutgers University Press. In his book, Paul Rubin argues that the theory of evolution and the evolutionary history of humans are relevant for understanding contemporary political behavior. He claims that the underlying political taste for freedom, which is best fulfilled in modern western societies, is a biological heritage from the hunter-gatherer bands of human prehistory. Starting by linking biology and politics, Rubin then analyzes group and social behavior, altruism and cooperation, envy, political power, the role of religion in politics, and individual decision-making, before he summarizes the policy implications of political behavior shaped by human prehistory for contemporary political decision-making. Concerning methodology, Rubin uses the framework of evolutionary psychology in order to provide a reading of political behaviors and preferences common to humans today, regarding them as the result of our biological evolution as humans. Rubin substitutes the concept of the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness (EEA), corresponding to the time when humans evolved as species, for the concept of the state of nature,

Journal

The Review of Austrian EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 1, 2005

References

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off